Halifax 18 Leigh Centurions 26 - Halifax fail to build on solid start in Leigh loss

Halifax's Tommy Saxton
Halifax's Tommy Saxton
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Halifax fell to their third straight Kingstone Press Championship defeat at the hands of Leigh Centurions, who triumphed at the Shay.

The hosts led 6-0 at the break but a second-half comeback from the visitors sealed the win.

Fax started the better, the best opportunity coming when Ben Johnston kicked through for James Saltonstall, who saw the ball evade him and go into touch.

Tommy Saxton opened the scoring after Leigh full-back Lee Smith failed to deal with a grubber kick from Gareth Moore. Steve Tyrer converted.

Neil Jukes’s men responded well at the start of the second half. Reni Maitua saw off some weak home defence to score just to the left of the posts.

Moore was in the thick of the action again, putting Adam Tangata away for a try.

Last season’s League Leaders Shield winners responded in the way they know best. Two tries from former Great Britain internationals Lee Smith and Gareth Hock saw them lead by four points with 55 minutes on the clock.

Then came the decisive try. Micky Higham, like he has done throughout his illustrious career, scooted over from dummy half to seal the game with six minutes to play.

A late Ridyard penalty goal looked to have finished the scoring but Connor Robinson pounced on Tyrer’s restart to score. Dane Manning and Gareth Hock were then sin-binned in a melee before Ridyard added another penalty.

Halifax: Greenwood, Saxton, Heaton, Tyrer, Saltonstall; G Moore, Johnston; R Moore, Maneely, Cahalane, Tangata, Manning, A Robinson. Substitutes: Ambler, C Robinson, Bennion, Bracek.

Leigh: Smith, Pownall, Whiting, Higson, Kay; Ridyard, Reynolds; Moimoi, Higham, Weston, Hansen, Hock, Patterson. Substitutes: Hood, Hopkins, Maitua, Emmitt.